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US government crackdown targets Canadian online gaming company

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada, USA
  • -
  • May 3 2012

On 28 February 2012, prosecutors in Maryland charged four Canadian founders of an online gaming website (the Company) with running an illegal sports gambling business and conspiring to commit money laundering

New wholesale rates for ISPs implemented

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • April 17 2012

On 27 January 2012, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) confirmed that the new wholesale rates for independent ISPs would be implemented starting 1 February 2012

Canadian government appoints interim CRTC Chairman

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • April 12 2012

On 25 January 2012, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that Leonard Katz, who previously served as Vice-Chairman of Telecommunications at the CRTC since October 2007, had been appointed CRTC's Acting Chairman

Supreme Court holds that ISPs are not broadcasters

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • April 5 2012

On 16 January 2012, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) held that retail internet service providers (ISPs) are not subject to the federal Broadcasting Act as a result of providing consumers with access to broadcasting over the internet

Supreme Court of Canada rules hyperlinks do not constitute defamatory statements

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • January 12 2012

On 19 October 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada (the SCC) unanimously ruled that posting hyperlinks that included defamatory content on websites was not in itself defamatory

CRTC introduces a new framework for vertical integration

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • November 25 2011

On 21 September 2011, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) introduced a new regulatory policy addressing vertical integration in the broadcasting industry

Canadian Competition Authority imposes first C$10 million civil penalty for misleading advertising

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • September 6 2011

On 28 June 2011, the Canadian Competition Bureau (CCB) registered a consent agreement with the Canadian Competition Tribunal (CCT) in which one of Canada's largest communications company agreed to pay a civil administrative monetary penalty of C$10 million for misleading advertising in connection with its internet, home phone, wireless and television services

CRTC launches fact-finding initiative on OTT programming

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • July 26 2011

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has called for submissions on the impact of over-the-top services on the Canadian broadcasting system

Supreme Court of Canada to rule on whether ISPs can be regulated under the Broadcasting Act

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • June 28 2011

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has granted leave to appeal a Federal Court of Appeal judgment dated 7 July 2010, which held that internet service providers (ISPs) do not carry on a "broadcasting undertaking" as defined in the federal Broadcasting Act

Federal Court of Appeal rules that CRTC has authority to permit broadcasters to charge cable companies a fee for local television signals

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • May 4 2011

The Federal Court of Appeal of Canada has ruled that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is permitted to establish a so-called "Value for Signal" (VFS) regime whereby broadcasters may negotiate a fee with cable and satellite companies for the right to carry local signals (i.e., local stations) in their packaged television offerings